ISPA Competent Crew Sail

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The Competent Crew Sail program consists of the essential knowledge and skills you need to acquire to actively participate in sailing and assist a skipper, as well as basic emergency manoeuvres. During the course, the theoretical skills of the sailing essentials, the sail aerodynamics, basic helmsman skills, safety on the sea, etc. are acquired. In the practical part of the course, special focus is on exercising elementary sailing skills. In the groups of maximum 4 attendants per boat, each students gets enough time for trial and error and therefore gain skills for independent sailing. Competent Crew Sail Course is based in ACI marina Split.

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Price from 750EUR
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25% VAT, instructor, accommodation in shared cabin on a boat in Marina, waterproof suits loan, ISPA sailing school workbook and logbook, fuel.

Food & beverages, accommodation on specific dates (check prices and terms)
  • Pre-course experience: None
  • The Competent Crew course is held on Beneteau boats (First 27 Seascape and/or Oceanis 35)
  • max. 4 participants/boat
  • Individual courses will be charged triple
  • Possible changes due to weather conditions
  • We recommend to use sunscreen during summer, hat, non slippery sailing shoes or sneakers, warm sport clothes for winter
  • Licence and Ability after the course ISPA Competent Crew certificate this licence is approved by the Ministry of Croatia MMPI
    The holder of the Certificate is competent to sail a vessel for private purposes or chartered vessels up  to 7m length, with engine power up to 15 kW, 3 NM offshore, during daylight in light to moderate conditions, provided they also hold a valid VHF license if the vessel has a VHF or GMDSS-VHF station onboard.


Competent Crew Program


Day 1 - Sunday

  • 12:00 Meeting with your instructor, general info about the course, safety briefing, personal equipment review
  • 13:00 Theory introduction to sailing (wind, sails, keel, reaches, reefing...) parts of the sailboat / Terminology
  • 14:00 Standing and running rigging, basic ropework (fenders, lines), engine (on/off/gears), hoist main, reef, unroll JIB, winch usage
  • 15:00 Undocking and setting sails. Basic sailing demonstration and exercises, steering in beam reach course
  • 18:00 Berthing, tidying up the boat, knotwork
  • 18:30 Short revision, Q&A


Day 2 - Monday

  • 10:00 Theory of closehauled sailing, coming about. Reefing procedure. Intro to Safety at sea, Emergency procedures, VHF calls, fire, Life raft
  • 13:00 VHF demo, Life on board, Cabin and deck inspection, Bending on the sails
  • 14:00 Setting sails and sailing close-hauled, multiple coming about practice, safe sailing practices
  • 17:00 Berthing, tidying up the boat, Short revision, Q&A
Day 3 - Tuesday

  • 10:00 Theory of broad reach course, gybing. Theory aerodynamics of sails, telltales, trim of sails, apparent wind
  • 13:00 Pre departure procedure practice
  • 14:00 Setting sails and sailing broad reach, multiple gybing practice, safe sailing practices
  • 17:00 Berthing, tidying up the boat, Short revision, Q&A
Day 4 - Wednesday

  • 10:00 Theory introduction to Collision regulation. Anchoring and buoy principles
  • 13:00 Setting sails, sailing between the marks, recognising marks and priorities at sea, 360 degrees turns under sail, anchoring or picking a buoy in a bay
  • 17:00 Berthing, tidying up the boat, Short revision

Day 5 - Thursday

  • 10:00 Theory Man Over Board, Heave up to position of the boat. Q/A CC workbook
  • 13:00 Setting sails and MOB drills, MOB examination after the practice
  • 17:00 Berthing, tieding up the boat

Day 6 - Friday

  • 09:00 Theory longside docking, propeller walk. Intro to Berthing the boat on Adriatic mooring (Day Skipper presentation)
  • 09:30 Longside docking practice as Helmsman. Docking examination
  • 13:00 Berthing, tidying up the boat
  • 14:00 Personal feedback to students, logbook, certificates and diplomas
  • 15:00 Optional drink


Note: Sailing is a weather-dependent activity, to make the best out of the course, the timetable can vary according to the forecast of the day. The instructor will let students know in due time the adapted program in case of change. There is a lunch break after morning theory, duration will be discussed with the instructor.


Availability of ISPA Competent Crew courses 2024


Price per person:


14.04.-19.04.2024 750€


27.04.-02.05.2024 750€





26.05.-31.05.2024 850€




07.07.-12.07.2024 990€





*Accommodation not incl.







*Accommodation not incl.




*Optional Mrduja regatta (1day)

**Accommodation not incl.





 *Optional Mrduja regatta participation (1 day)

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